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Barnes & Noble - Kerry Dexter
Over the decade and half they've been recording together, thoroughly modern folkies Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have created a distinctive presence with their edgy melding of lyrics that explore the moral dimensions of relationships and the social consequences of personal actions, with gorgeous vocal harmonies and melodies that are informed as much by rock as they are by folk. The 16racks on Retrospective (14 previously released and two new) do a good job of presenting a representative sampling of the pair's work, beginning with such early material as Ray's earnest yet compelling look at religious hypocrisy, "Strange Fire,"and Saliers' infectious ode to self-help, "Closer...
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Barnes & Noble - Kerry Dexter
Over the decade and half they've been recording together, thoroughly modern folkies Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have created a distinctive presence with their edgy melding of lyrics that explore the moral dimensions of relationships and the social consequences of personal actions, with gorgeous vocal harmonies and melodies that are informed as much by rock as they are by folk. The 16racks on Retrospective (14 previously released and two new) do a good job of presenting a representative sampling of the pair's work, beginning with such early material as Ray's earnest yet compelling look at religious hypocrisy, "Strange Fire,"and Saliers' infectious ode to self-help, "Closer to Fine." Elsewhere, there's a driving call to activism, "Go," and the accusatory anti-bigotry anthem "Shame on You." "Watershed" finds Sailers and Ray reflecting on the forks in life's roads, while "Power of 2" celebrates the strength of friendship. Retrospective (whose liner notes include a brief essay by noted feminist author Susan Faludi) offers both a revealing look back for longtime devotees and a fine introduction for those new to their work.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The Indigo Girls' 1999 album Come on Now Social was their first commercial failure after six consecutive gold or platinum albums. The appearance of the duo's first domestic compilation a year later is an unavoidably ominous sign, as their label takes its profits while it can. But that's no reason not to celebrate Amy Ray and Emily Saliers' remarkable run of high-quality recordings dating back to 1987's Strange Fire. Most of the songs with which they are most readily identified are included, among them the two chart singles "Closer to Fine" and "Galileo." The only missing title that earned significant airplay is "Hammer and a Nail." Feminist author Susan Faludi properly contextualizes the Indigo Girls in her liner notes as a group that created an assertive, independent female response to the Reagan-Bush era. But that aspect of their work was always framed by the music itself, dominated by their interweaving acoustic guitars and voices, and the commitment with which they sang. That combination of substance and fervor characterized the Indigo Girls' work, even when their songwriting flagged occasionally or their sound became repetitive. Retrospective captures the highlights of their work from 1987 to 1999, but proceeding chronologically, it also traces the changes that may have hurt the duo commercially by the end. Gradually, their politics became more explicit, which always tends to splinter an audience though, of course, their views were not secret to their many fervent fans. And in their search for different sounds, they sometimes subverted their basic two-voices, two-acoustic-guitars identity. It remains possible that the Indigo Girls will continue to score good, consistent sales, and the two new songs suggest that there's still creative fuel for this group to burn. But if they have crested, Retrospective confirms their status as one of the most accomplished recording units of their time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/3/2000
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998510722
  • Catalog Number: 85107

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Strange Fire (5:29)
  2. 2 Closer to Fine (4:01)
  3. 3 Kid Fears (4:34)
  4. 4 Watershed (5:45)
  5. 5 Three Hits (3:09)
  6. 6 Galileo (4:11)
  7. 7 Ghost (5:15)
  8. 8 Reunion (3:26)
  9. 9 Power of Two (5:21)
  10. 10 Least Complicated (4:10)
  11. 11 Shame on You (4:01)
  12. 12 Get Out the Map (3:24)
  13. 13 Go (4:03)
  14. 14 Trouble (4:50)
  15. 15 Devotion (3:33)
  16. 16 Leaving (4:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Indigo Girls Primary Artist
Dónal Lunny Bouzouki, Bodhran
Jo-El Sonnier Accordion
Luka Bloom Background Vocals
Steve Earle Harmonica, Vocals
The Roches Background Vocals
Michael Kamen Conductor
Lisa Germano Fiddle, Mandolin, Violin, Penny Whistle
Kenny Aronoff Percussion, Drums
Dallas Austin Vocals, Background Vocals
Ronan Browne uillean pipes
Malcolm Burn Beat Box
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Blair Cunningham Drums
Caroline Dale Cello
Jay Dee Daugherty Drums
Peter Holsapple Keyboards
Carol Isaacs Organ, Piano, Accordion, Moog Synthesizer, Moog Bass
John Jennings Electric Guitar
John Keane 12-string Guitar, Guitar (12 String Electric)
Claire Kenny Bass
Chuck Leavell Piano
Michael Lorant Vocals, Background Vocals
Jerry Marotta Percussion, Piano, Bongos, Drums, Taos Drum
Bill Newton Harmonica, Chromatic Harmonica
Fiachna O'Braondin Vocals, Background Vocals, tin whistle
Liam Ó Maonlaí Vocals, Background Vocals, Bodhran
Peter O'Toole Mandolin, Vocals, Background Vocals
Amy Ray Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Bouzouki, Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping, Classical Guitar
John Reynolds Percussion, Drums
Suzzy Roche Background Vocals
Emily Saliers Acoustic Guitar, Bouzouki, Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Hand Clapping, Guitar (12 String Electric)
Simone Simonton Cymbals
Talvin Singh Percussion
Michael Stipe Vocals, Background Vocals
De De Vogt Bass
Joan Osborne Vocals, Background Vocals
Terre Roche Background Vocals
Jane Scarpantoni Cello
Danny Thompson Acoustic Bass
Sam "Shake" Anderson Vocals, Background Vocals
Maggie Roche Piano, Background Vocals
Sam Anderson Background Vocals
John Painter Accordion, Flugelhorn
Sara Lee Bass
Jai Winding Piano
Budgie Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Indigo Girls Producer
Michael Kamen Arranger, String Arrangements
Peter Collins Producer
John Keane Producer, Engineer
David Leonard Producer
Scott Litt Producer
Amy Ray Liner Notes
John Reynolds Producer
Steve Byram Art Direction
Scott Hull Mastering
Tim Oliver Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Very Folksy But With An Edge

    Retrospective by Indigo Girls is completely enjoyable. This album is very folksy, reminding me of music from the 60's and 70's, until the second half of the album. Then it became a little edgy.
    I still have yet to understand the depth of the words and the stories that must go behind the words, making the album more fascinating to me
    in the long run. Each time the most edgy song emerges I wish to
    turn the music down but am totally drawn in by the history of
    our grandmothers.
    This is not simply a folk album however and has a good female rock group sound as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWESOME

    this cd is awesome, i love the indigo girls!!! and every song on this cd is magnificent

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